The talk will explore the roots and motivation of the evangelical interest in the Jew and the manner it has manifested itself throughout the later modern era. It will point to the complicated elements of the evangelical-Jewish ménage as well as the reaction of non-evangelical Christians and Moslems.
Yaakov Ariel is a professor of religious studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on Evangelical Christianity and its attitudes towards the Jewish people and the Holy Land; on Christian-Jewish relations in the late modern era; and on the Jewish reaction to modernity and postmodernity. Professor Ariel has published numerous articles and two books on these subjects. His latest book, Evangelizing the Chosen People, was awarded the Albert C. Outler prize by the American Society of Church History. Currently, Professor Ariel is completing a book on Evangelical-Jewish relationship throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.